Tuesday, October 8, 2019

BBC releases another disturbing undercover documentary... this time on girls sold into temporary 'pleasure marriages'

Girls as young as nine are being sold for s-x in temporary 'marriages' that can last as little as an hour, the BBC have revealed in a documentary.

Men were filmed offering 'pleasure marriages' to men who can pay a dowry for an 'interim' wife.

Men are normally banned from having s-x outside marriage but Shia clerics in Iraq have been filmed endorsing the practice.

One cleric, filmed by the BBC, said it would 'no problem at all' to marry girls as young as nine under Islamic law.

The practice is banned in Iraq but eight out of 10 Shia clerics who were approached were willing to carry it out - and one of them even offered to help procure young girls, the BBC News investigation found.

The religious rite dates back centuries, partly intended to allow men to have a legitimate relationship while away from their wives.

Now Iraqi men and Shia clerics are now abusing it to give a veneer of legitimacy to child prostitution.

One cleric in Karbala told the undercover BBC journalist girls as young as nine could be subject to the procedure.

When asked if it was acceptable to conduct a temporary marriage with a young girl he said:

"According to Sharia, there's no problem."

When the reporter voiced concern that he was exploiting the girl, the cleric told him: "No way."

Another cleric filmed secretly was asked if a temporary marriage with a 13-year-old virgin would be permissible under Islamic law.

"Just be careful she doesn't lose her virginity," the cleric replied, suggesting other forms of s3xual interaction instead.

When asked about about the girl getting hurt the cleric said: "That's between you and her."

Later in the same documentary, that second cleric offered to help procure the girls as well as conducting the marriages.

Offering to take a photo of a girl and send it to the undercover client, he added: "Then when you come back, she's yours."

That cleric also said: "She was willing and you paid her."

The length of the marriage must be specified in advance, and can be fixed at anything from one hour to 99 years.

Some girls said that clerics had provided them with contraceptive injections to ensure they did not become pregnant.

The practice is not permitted under Sunni Islam and was banned under Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led government.

One girl said she could not even remember how many times she had been 'married' and said she relied on the dowries for her income.

An Iraqi government spokesman said there was little that authorities could do if girls did not complain to the police.